Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS64 KMRX 062025 AFDMRX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Morristown TN 325 PM EST Tue Dec 6 2016 .SHORT TERM (Tonight and Wednesday)... A dry westerly zonal flow will persist through the short term. Lingering light rain this evening will move out of the area... and a dry day is expected for Wednesday. High temperatures will be near normal...but cold air will rush into the area and result in very cold weather beginning Thursday. .LONG TERM (Wednesday Night through Tuesday)... Polar front jet shortwave moves N of the area Thursday. At the same time, a ribbon of subtropical energy rides NE out of Mexico and across the SE US. At the surface, weak reflection of this energy aloft will briefly raise POPs to chance as this feature moves rapidly through the area. Without much moisture to work with, and very little cold air in place by then, expect any pcpn to be mainly liquid...although a very brief mix is possible in our NW counties at the onset of the event Thursday morning if moisture is available. Also could see a brief period of northwest wind snows over higher terrain of NE TN after the system moves through...but squeezing out any moisture by that point will be very difficult. Expecting no accumulations. Once this feature moves through by Thursday evening, temperatures will fall with the coldest air of the season upon us Friday and Friday Night. Next event begins Sunday with some disagreement between GFS and ECMWF on timing and location of this event. Differences lie in the middle level flow with past few runs of GFS digging a fairly strong trough over the middle US Sunday morning while ECMWF runs have had a nearly zonal flow across much of the eastern 2/3 of CONUS. By Monday morning, GFS is already lifting the trough NE toward New England while ECMWF starts/continues digging this trough eastward toward the Middle Atlantic coast by Tuesday morning. Resultant timing of pcpn with this system is a little slower and much moister in ECMWF while GFS is rather quick across the area, ending pcpn by Monday afternoon. Although there will be a small window for frozen pcpn Sunday morning, best pcpn chances do not really start until lowest layers have warmed Sunday afternoon. Once again, some areas in higher terrain may see a dusting of snow in the post frontal winds, however accumulations are not likely. At the very end of the period on Tuesday, GFS again develops a system along the southern stream of the jet. Unfortunately had to go with blend of models as none them appear to be taking the lead in the handling of this event. && .PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS... Chattanooga Airport, TN 40 54 37 46 / 10 0 30 30 Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport, TN 39 51 35 44 / 10 0 30 30 Oak Ridge, TN 39 52 35 44 / 10 0 30 20 Tri Cities Airport, TN 36 51 35 42 / 30 0 20 30 && .MRX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NC...None. TN...None. VA...None. && $$ GC/EJH is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.